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  • Wireshark icon

    Wireshark

    Wireshark is the world's foremost network protocol analyzer. It lets you capture and interactively browse the traffic running on a computer network. It is the de facto (and often de jure) standard across many industries and...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    tcpdump

    tcpdump is a common packet analyzer that runs under the command line. It allows the user to intercept and display TCP/IP and other packets being transmitted or received over a network to which the computer is attached.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    netcat

    Netcat is a featured networking utility which reads and writes data across network connections, using the TCP/IP protocol. It is designed to be a reliable "back-end" tool that can be used directly or easily driven by other...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Ettercap

    Ettercap is a suite for man in the middle attacks on LAN. It features sniffing of live connections, content filtering on the fly and many other interesting tricks. It supports active and passive dissection of many protocols (even...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    NetworkMiner

    NetworkMiner is a Network Forensic Analysis Tool (NFAT) for Windows. NetworkMiner can be used as a passive network sniffer/packet capturing tool in order to detect operating systems, sessions, hostnames, open ports etc. without...

    Freemium Windows

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    SmartSniff

    SmartSniff is a packet sniffer that capture TCP/IP packets and display them as sequence of conversations between clients and servers. You can view the TCP/IP conversations in Ascii mode (for text-based protocols, like HTTP, SMTP, POP3...

    Free Windows

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    LANGuardian

    LANGuardian is the first and only deep packet inspection (DPI) software to provide SMB network managers with root cause information about network and user activity. LANGuardian gives a deeper level of detail than standard flow tools...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • Colasoft Capsa icon

    Colasoft Capsa

    Capsa performs real-time packet capturing, 24/7 network monitoring, protocol analysis, in-depth packet decoding, and automatic expert diagnosis.

    Commercial Windows

  • PsPing

    PsPing is a command-line utility for measuring network performance. In addition to standard ICMP ping functionality, it can report the latency of connecting to TCP ports, the latency of TCP and UDP round-trip communication between...

    Free Windows

  • Pirni Pro icon

    Pirni Pro

    Pirni Pro is a network security tool designed for iOS, and specifically for iPhone and iPod Touch devices. It is capable of intercepting traffic on a wireless network segment, capturing passwords, and regular expressions entered by...

    Commercial iPhone

  • Cocoa Packet Analyzer icon

    Cocoa Packet Analyzer

    Native Cocoa app for capturing and analyzing packets. Similar to Wireshark, but with a native interface (and less features). If you don't like the X11 GTK Wireshark, this is your app.

    Free Mac

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    AirSnare

    AirSnare is another tool to add to your Wireless Intrusion Detection Toolbox. AirSnare will alert you to unfriendly MAC addresses on your network and will also alert you to DHCP requests taking place.

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, 1.5, released in May 2006, can be still downloaded from Download.com

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